Scottish Winter Mountain Courses

Winter hillwalking, mountaineering and climbing in Scotland, and in particular on Ben Nevis, is world famous. We offer courses for everyone, whether you are just starting out or have years of experience under your belt.

Scotland is renown for its challenging conditions, which we are grateful for as they are essential to build up the ice and rime which makes winter climbing here so unique. Winter mountaineering, ice climbing and hillwalking activities are invariably affected by the weather and the current snow and ice conditions. To enjoy this challenging environment it is just as important to develop your skills and understand the hazards as it is to experience your dream route or develop your climbing technique.

All of our guides and instructors that work on our Scottish winter courses have excellent local knowledge accumulated over many years of personal winter walking and climbing. They are able to ensure that the most is made of every day in the mountains meaning anyone attending with us will gain useful insights on how to plan your day and get the best out of it, even during the most challenging weather.

SCOTTISH WINTER SKILLS, MOUNTAINEERING & CLIMBING COURSES

Customer Reviews

  • 5 star rating Great challenge Ken guided us up to ben nevis summit via castle ridge and back down ledge route. He challenged us to use ropes and some proper climbing and it was brilliant . Ken made me feel safe and confident to step out of my comfort zone. Ken was very knowledgeable about the mountain and the area in general. The equipment was good and new. Ken was friendly and made us very welcome.

    gilesnvilla 01 Dec 2019

    5 star rating Castle Ridge to Ben Nevis returning via Ledge Route This was a 65th birthday present, for which I managed to get a less experienced friend to accompany me. It was very important to get a good guide. In Ken, we definitely picked a winner. Being picked up from our accommodation we were able to discuss possible amendments to our proposed route; Ledge Route & CMD Arête. Ken's awareness of what we could achieve, given our previous experience and accounting... read more

    StIvesGafferman 30 Nov 2019

    5 star rating Smith Had a fantastic day with Ken doing the ledge route of Ben Nevis! He’s got great knowledge of the mountain, it’s routes and surroundings. Can’t wait too get the next one booked. Couldn’t recommend them more.

    Charles L 23 Nov 2019
  • 5 star rating Aonach Eagach Traverse Had a fantastic day out on the Aonach Eagach ridge traverse with Ken guiding. I booked very last minute but found the company to be extremely accommodating of this. It was my first time doing any real scrambling and I would not hesitate to recommend to anyone else. I will definitely be booking further courses with West Coast Mountain Guides, including planning a Skye Cuillin traverse.
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    Matt K 04 Nov 2019

    5 star rating Sgurr dubh Mor/Sgurr nan Eag An excellent day out in the mountains with West Coast Mountain guides. Having never scrambled or climbed prior to the day our expectations were exceeded. The guiding with Ken was excellent and well tailored to what we wanted to get out of the day. He was knowledgeable and we had full confidence in his ability to look after us on the mountains. A truly unique experience. Many thanks again for... read more

    middleearth123 03 Nov 2019

    5 star rating Skye guide October 2019 My experience with West coast mountain guides was first class. From the outset, Ken was accomodating and was particularly considerate of my objectives for the day. After carefully choosing the best weather day, we set a date and decided to go for it. We managed to achieve everything we set out to do and this was all down to Ken and his expertise. Ken also proved to be very knowledgeable... read more

    Edbrown92 28 Oct 2019
  • 5 star rating Skye Cuillins June 2019 First class mountain guiding with flexibility for changing dynamics in our mixed group and readiness to seize opportunities for good weather (always scarce on Skye). On our first morning on the Cuillins Ken got us all up the Inaccessible Pinnacle before we had a chance to get nervous about one of UK's premier mountaineering challenges. Ken is highly experienced, with rigorous attention to safety margins while pushing us... read more

    Lontra1 28 Oct 2019

    5 star rating Best Trip of our Vacation Ken was absolutely amazing. He promised us an amazing experience out in the mountains and just the right amount of adventure. He exceeded all of our expectations. I don't usually take time to write a review but this one deserves it. Thank you and see you next year!!!

    Alan16021602 18 Oct 2019

    5 star rating Cuillin Ridge Sept 2019 I had a fantastic experience going around the Cuillin ridge with Ken for a few days in Sept.
    I had booked onto one of the courses but as the date got closer Ken had confirmed that I was the only person booked in, very refreshing to hear from Ken that he was more than happy for it just it be me and it was not an issue. Great customer service....
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    dazthebagger 17 Oct 2019
  • 5 star rating Guided ascents of Inaccessible Pinnacle and Am Basteir Our guide, Tom Sylvester was first rate. He was enthusiastic but reassuring to my nervous wife who wasn't at all sure she really wanted to go up the In Pinn. The ascent was expertly led and now she feels so chuffed to have done it. Next day was wet and I found Am Basteir much more difficult than on my previous, dry, ascents but Tom provided the necessary expertise for... read more

    PetesBeat 03 Oct 2019

    5 star rating Ben Nevis 21st Sept Had a wonderful experience with West Coast Mountain Guides, our guide Si
    was very informative and patient. He met us at our Hotel and escorted us to
    Morrisons for some provisions. Cannot thank him enough for an amazing day, the weather was very kind to us and the views breath taking. Highly recommended.

    Julie S 03 Oct 2019

    5 star rating Aonach Eagach Ridge I can’t recommend them enough.
    Jon the guide was very knowledgable, professional and also provided a good laugh.
    You could ask him anything about the mountains and the Aonach Eagach ridge and you would get an answer.

    homar6 24 Sep 2019